The general election campaign in France officially moved to radio and television on Monday (27 February) amid predictions of a clear majority for the Left.
LV & SV: People in the market place in 12th arrondissement of Paris. (2 SHOTS)
CU: Socialist leader Francois Mitterrand walking among people. (3 SHOTS)
SV: Young people.
CU & SV PAN: M. Mitterrand walking and talking to people. (3 SHOTS)
LV: M. Mitterrand surrounded as he walks away from market area.
Government leaders have warned of economic mismanagement of the country if the Left-wing achieved victory. About 35 million French citizens are eligible to vote in the election, which will be held in two rounds. The first round will be on 12th March, and the second a week later. To be elected in the first round, candidates must gain an absolute majority against all comers. They will be contesting 491 seats in the National Assembly.
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Background: The general election campaign in France officially moved to radio and television on Monday (27 February) amid predictions of a clear majority for the Left. The latest computerised opinion polls give more than 50 percent of votes to the Socialists, Communists and the Radicals, who oppose the ruling coalition of the Gaullist and Republicans.
SYNOPSIS: On Sunday (26 February) Socialist leader Francois Mitterrand campaigned in this district of southeast Paris, a mixture of working and middle class residents.
The reception Monsieur Mitterrand received from local voters was more tolerant than one he received three days before in another part of the capital. On that occasion, he was pelted with eggs and tomatoes by 20 right-wing extremists, and there were skirmishes.
Monsieur Mitterrand's party is the largest in the Left-wing group. He has turned down an appeal by the Communist Party to get together and reach agreement with them before the first round of voting takes place on 12 March.
A major election theme is a Left-wing promise of an immediate rise in France's minimum wage. The Communists and Socialists have said the bottom wage limit should be raised, in April, from the equivalent of 365 dollars a month to 500 dollars. Almost five percent of France's workforce get the minimum wage.